THSN Programme Officer

Spark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th September, 2017

Job Description

SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their societies affected by the conflict to prosperity.

SPARK is a dynamic development and nonprofit organization with over 80 staff members from various countries who help young entrepreneurs start or expand their own businesses. SPARK achieves its mission by organizing business plan competitions, business skills training, coaching and mentoring SMEs, business incubation, SME financing, intensive courses of professional higher education, curriculum development and quality assurance in universities and higher education institutes.
SPARK runs entrepreneurship programmes for refugees and other vulnerable people in Europe, Africa and the Middle-East. We invest in their entrepreneurial potential, helping them to gain economic independence and create jobs that benefit themselves and their communities.

We are looking for a Programme Officer to support the THSN Project Manager in the day to day management of THSN activities and its partners under supervision of the THSN Programme Manager.

THSN Programme

The Refugee Start-Up is a project dedicated to giving refugees the skills and the resources to set up their own businesses and create jobs. This programme will be launched in France and Germany in 2017, and there are plans to expand it to other European countries in the coming years. The Refugee Start-up Programme offers tailored educational workshops, technical trainings and financial support to refugee entrepreneurs. It is focused on recently arrived asylum seekers, with brilliant business acumen, that have a high chance of being granted asylum or subsidiary protection. Turning the refugee narrative on its head, SPARK will give refugee entrepreneurs the skills and tools to set up businesses and create jobs. We hope to increase start-up businesses amongst this population and reduce the number of failed businesses of this group by providing support services. The programmes within it will advise, protect and support refugee’s businesses; so that refugees may become self-sufficient and contribute to the communities they now live in.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Support the implementation of the program, its monitoring and evaluation in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager based in Amsterdam
  • Support the process of improving data quality, including necessary revisions of existing tools or design of new tools and systems to ensure quality M&E data
  • Work closely with partner organisations in implementation of the activities;
  • Assist the manager in the development of new initiatives building on the THSN programme;
  • Provide support-desk to the beneficiaries in the selected countries
  • Support the online Outreach Campaign through social media channels
  • Other tasks as required.

Requirements and Skills:

  • Educational background or relevant experience in project management in economic development (SME development) and/or entrepreneurship education;
  • Experience in the implementation of projects relating to private sector development, SME growth promotion, employment generation, and entrepreneurship development;
  • Minimum 2-4 years of experience in project implementation;
  • Fluent command of Arabic and English is a prerequisite for selection. Knowledge of French or German is an advantage.
  • Flexible and responsible;
  • Strong writing and reporting skills;
  • Good communication and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting.
  • Be proactive and have a willingness to work beyond what is expected
  • Strong knowledge of the computer tool, mainly the use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated and successful team management skills
  • Strong written communication skills for report writing and presentations
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines for managing multiple tasks and projects
  • Ability to adapt to changing needs and changing business
  • Have the ability to work independently while integrating into a team
  • Good communication, being sociable and able to work in a multicultural context
  • Social media knowledge and experience

SPARK Offers

  • A Contract of 40 hours / week for 1 year with the possibility of extension;
  • Remuneration based on experience between 2,000.00 to 2,500.00 EUR gross per month;
  • Dynamic and international work experience
  • Work environment that is conducive to professional and personal development


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